Tips for Creating a Peaceful Sleep Environment for Your Little One
Make Sleep Your Priority
Besides developing healthy sleep habits, such as having a relaxing bedtime routine and exercising regularly, it’s important to create a pleasant sleep environment. That’s why we presented you with these helpful tips on how to make your bedroom better for sleeping.
Too many times we take sleep for granted, even though it’s key to our health and well-being. Also, you should try to keep in mind that your night’s rest greatly affects your daily activities. A restless night makes you less productive and leaves you prone to making mistakes, some of which can even be deadly. So you should do everything you can to help your mind and body get the necessary rest every day, and you can start by creating a soothing sleep environment.
Limit Light Source
Try to darken the room so that the child falls asleep. Studies show that as darkness descends, the brain releases melatonin hormone, which regulates sleepiness. Not only is it great for night time, but you can also mimic the same conditions during the day to ensure that your child gets power naps throughout the day. Therefore, it is suggested to install blackout shades or window covers so that you can create a dark cave-like environment that your child begins to associate with bedtime. To create a snooze-able space, Gorton recommends investing in blackout shades, especially if the nursery receives a lot of direct sunlight.
At night, don’t add unnecessarily bright sources of light, which Gorton says can accidentally distract or stimulate your baby when the real objective should be sleeping. With Nanit’s soft-glow night light, the room will be illuminated just enough for you to navigate—without disturbing the baby.
A Little White Noise Goes a Long Way
New parents have a tendency to tiptoe when their little one is asleep. But you’d be surprised to hear that there is no need to do so. In fact, children sleep better if there is background noise around. After all, it wasn’t quiet inside the womb. Your baby nodded its head to the sound of your heartbeat and digestion; so, they are used to the noise. Keeping all this in focus, the next tip is to create white noise. A white noise generates sounds over different frequencies, thereby masking noise interruptions. One of the best ways to do so is to buy a white noise machine. It can give your baby cues to sleep seamlessly.
Make a Comfortable Space for Yourself
Baby isn’t the only one who will be spending a lot of time in the nursery. By getting a comfortable rocker or glider, you will be more at ease during bedtime—which puts them more at ease. (Read: sleepier!)
Make Organization a Priority
During those inevitable midnight visits, you don’t want to bump and fumble around just to find more diapers. Keep everything accessible so you can navigate with your eyes shut. (Which, let’s face it, they very well may be.) That way you can be in and out with minimal wake-up time for you both.
Select Calming Colors
Set the mood for a restful night with neutral, cool colors. Although it may seem like a small design detail, Gorton says this can make a significant sleep difference. “Many nurseries are decorated extravagantly with bright colors and many objects or toys, which can be extremely overstimulating for sleep,” she says. Good color palettes include earth tones and blushes.
Keep the Right Temperature
Research shows that room temperature has a significant impact on the individual’s ability to get quality sleep. Room temperature between 69-72 degrees for a child’s room is the ideal temperature as the internal body temperature fluctuates slightly throughout the day and dips at night. If it is too cold or hot, it will interfere with a baby’s natural sleep cycle, causing restlessness and early waking. So, add extra comfort with a nice environment.
Get a Dependable Monitor to Limit Interruptions
One of the perks of being a parent today? You don’t have to guess what’s going on in the baby’s nursery. With the high-tech Nanit Plus Smart Monitor, you can keep an eye not only on your sleeping baby (aww!) with a bird’s eye view, but you can also instantly get data to help you better understand (and address) your child’s sleep patterns. That means no more not-so-quietly sneaking into the room in the middle of the night at the risk of disturbing them.
As Gorton explains, “With the Nanit software you get alerts directly to your phone and you can watch your baby’s activity from anywhere, in or outside of the home, giving you peace of mind and helping to eliminate unnecessary interruptions by not having to enter the room for check-ins.”